One of the many cannabinoids that come out of the cannabis plant, Delta 8 THC is growing in popularity but it is not necessarily safe to consume. This cannabinoid occurs naturally in small amounts in hemp and can also be synthesized from cannabidiol, better known as CBD, or from Delta 9 THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Delta 8 THC panic attacks have been known to occur when using this substance, sales of which are either illegal or restricted in many US states.
Despite the fact that it only produces a fraction of the “high” that other THC products do, Delta 8 THC does produce psychoactive effects. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) states that it discourages the marketing and consumption of goods that contain synthesized cannabinoids such as Delta 8 THC, given the lack of regulatory clarity, the patchwork of regulations from state to state, and the fact that the substance may be intoxicating to users.
The Latest Cannabis Trend
Delta 8 was first discovered in 1941 but has only recently become popular, following the increased availability of CBD products. Delta 8 is now the latest cannabis trend. Given questions about the safety of the drug, though, a number of states have imposed regulations on its sale. In fact, Arizona and Colorado have made sales of Delta 8 illegal, even though recreational marijuana is legal in both states. Those states that have restricted sales include Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
There has been very little research into whether Delta 8 THC is safe. The substance is not FDA-approved and there is not much data as to its impact on the human brain and body. People who use the substance say that the effects are typically mild, particularly if used in moderate amounts, and wear off within hours. It’s likely, though, that long-term and heavy use of Delta 8 THC will have some lasting effects on physical health, just as other cannabis products affect the body.
One of the effects of Delta 8 THC can be panic attacks and anxiety. Synthesized Delta 8 is not regulated and, like any other drug, the potential exists for a low quality product created for the seller to be able make more money off the sale.
Someone who is inexperienced with using cannabis products, who has a low tolerance level, or who takes too much of the substance can run the risk of feeling ill and experiencing panic attacks. Even someone who believes they are used to the effects may have unexpected results from time to time. Many people who use substances such as Delta 8 THC to stimulate their appetite or calm their mental health symptoms may find that the drug actually increases their feelings of anxiety and stress.
Delta 8 THC panic attacks can be frightening, as the symptoms can include:
- A sudden feeling of doom that can’t be explained
- Sweating or shaking
- Racing heartbeat
- Worries about being watched or judged by others
- Trouble breathing
- Numbness, tingling, or chills
- Stomach pain or nausea
- Chest pain or choking sensations.
An intense feeling of fear and a sense of detachment from the body or from reality can also result from Delta 8 THC panic attacks. When experiencing an attack, the individual may also worry about losing control or even dying.
These panic attacks typically only last about 10 minutes or so but may feel as though they will go on forever when an individual is in the midst of one. The threat that an individual may sense during the attack is generally not real, although the fear it creates is genuine.
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